Tips for young driv­ers

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL -

With teenagers and young adult driv­ers ac­count­ing for al­most a quar­ter of all road re­lated fa­tal­i­ties on Cana­dian roads, RSA Canada is urg­ing younger driv­ers to ex­er­cise ex­tra cau­tion as they head off on sum­mer road trips.

Ac­cord­ing to Trans­port Canada’s Road Safety in Canada re­port (2011), 24 per cent of fa­tal­i­ties and 26 per cent of those se­ri­ously in­jured were 16 to 24 years of age.

“Th­ese kinds of sta­tis­tics are alarm­ing. Too many younger driv­ers are be­ing killed or in­jured on our roads,” says Brodie Bott, RSA’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager. “We know teens aren’t al­ways re­cep­tive to safety mes- sages, but it’s vi­tally im­por­tant that par­ents have a re­fresher chat with their teens be­fore they head off with friends on a sum­mer road trip.”

RSA Canada sug­gests par­ents re­mind teenage driv­ers about the top four things they can do to stay safe on the road dur­ing sum­mer.

1. Be smart and wear a seat­belt. Us­ing a seat­belt might be sim­ple, but it’s also the most ef­fec­tive way of be­ing safer be­hind the wheel.

2. Don’t text and drive. In­ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers com­bined with dis­trac­tions like text mes­sages, mu­sic play­ers and Face­book is a recipe for dis­as­ter. Par­ents need to lead by ex­am­ple and not use cell phones while be­hind the wheel. Re­mem­ber – it is against the law to text and drive.

3. Ease off the gas. Speed­ing can not only in­crease the risk of a fa­tal car crash, but it also leads to costly fines and an in­crease in­sur­ance rates. Re­mind your kids about stick­ing to the speed limit even if their friends are pres­sur­ing them to hurry up.

4. Don’t drink and drive. Al­co­hol and driv­ing don’t mix re­gard­less of whether a driver is ex­pe­ri­enced or in­ex­pe­ri­enced. Teen should feel com­fort­able call­ing home for a ride if they feel they’re not in a po­si­tion to drive.

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